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  • The Best of Us

  • By: Robyn Carr
  • Narrated by: Therese Plummer
  • Length: 8 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 549
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 515
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 513

Dr. Leigh Culver loves practicing medicine in Timberlake, Colorado. It is a much-needed change of pace from her stressful life in Chicago. The only drawback is she misses her Aunt Helen, the woman who raised her. When Helen visits Leigh, she is surprised to find her niece still needs her, especially when it comes to sorting out her love life. But the biggest surprise comes when Leigh takes Helen out to Sullivan’s Crossing and Helen finds herself falling for the place and one special person. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • ✫✫ 4 Stars ✫✫

  • By Cyndi on 01-31-19

Iffy birth control is NOT birth control at all!

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-03-19

I am a devoted Robyn Carr fan. I have read every book she has published—many of them multiple times. However I’m becoming concerned about the message of extramarital sex with inadequate protection. (Ain’t no such thing as safe sex!). This is such a common theme where otherwise very intelligent women have sex—very goood sex— and are surprised when they show up pregnant! And everything still turns out lovely.
I love Carr’s characters. I love her settings. I enjoy the series approach. I just wish the women were more conscientious about creating random children.

  • The Wedding Party

  • By: Robyn Carr
  • Narrated by: Therese Plummer
  • Length: 10 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 614
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 567
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 564

After her divorce, Charlene Dugan vowed never to get married again - a promise she has kept for twenty-five years. Until the fateful day she finds herself uttering the well-known phrase - "Let's get married!" Almost immediately, Charlene's seemingly perfect life begins unraveling at the seams. Daughter Stephanie's own relationship is about to disintegrate, and she might be just a teensy-weensy bit jealous of her mom. And Charlene seems to be spending more time with her ex-husband than with her fiancé, Dennis.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Laughed aloud, but lots of insight too

  • By Grete on 04-20-14

This one is quite a ride!

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-09-18

I became exhausted every time I picked up this book. It’s ending was good, but getting there was quite a roller coaster. I started to put it away several times because of the conflict, but after I’d relaxed a little, I picked it up again. I will say that if you start this you need to be prepared to listen closely. There is no written agenda. In true Robyn Carr style, the ending was great.

  • Tilt-a-Whirl

  • John Ceepak, Book 1
  • By: Chris Grabenstein
  • Narrated by: Jeff Woodman
  • Length: 8 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,675
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,892
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,876

There isn't much fun in the sun when a billionaire real estate tycoon is found murdered on the Tilt-a-Whirl at a seedy seaside amusement park in the otherwise quiet summer tourist town of Sea Haven. John Ceepak, a former MP just back from Iraq, has just joined the Sea Haven police department. The job offer came from an old Army buddy who hoped to give Ceepak at least a summer's worth of rest and relaxation to help him forget the horrors of war. Instead, Ceepak will head up the murder investigation.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • the reader makes this book

  • By L. Haight on 08-30-07

Ends Well?

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-25-17

The narrator in the story is excellent. He really lends credibility to the characters. The beginning of the story is quite interesting. It has a setting for an intriguing mystery. Until the very end I was really enjoying the story. However, I wasn't very happy with the ending. I thought the ending should've been written more closely to resemble the style and flavor of the rest of the book. I won't read it again as I do with most of my books, but I will download the second book in the series and give it another chance.

  • The Making of Theodore Roosevelt

  • By: Robert Louis DeMayo
  • Narrated by: Jim Tedder
  • Length: 10 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5

This a fictionalized account of a true story - the tale of how two rough Maine woodsmen took a young Theodore Roosevelt under their wing in 1878 and introduced him to the beautiful but unforgiving woodlands of the Northeast. Under their guidance, the frail but strong-willed New Yorker becomes a worthy outdoorsman, an experience which significantly shaped the world view of the man poised to become the 26th President of the United States thirteen years later.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • FOR ROOSEVELT FANS

  • By rah on 02-26-19

A wonderfully enlightening story of Theodore Roosevelt

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-11-17

I learned a great deal listening to this book. Not only is it endearing and inspirational, but I learned many things of the Northeast of our country that were unfamiliar to me. It was a delightful story of the youth of a president and a part of his life that influenced the character of our country. I had no idea of the personal experiences in his life that led to the conservation of the wildlife of the United States

  • All the Little Liars

  • By: Charlaine Harris
  • Narrated by: Therese Plummer
  • Length: 7 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 833
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 761
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 760

Aurora Teagarden is basking in the news of her pregnancy when disaster strikes her small Georgia town: four kids vanish from the school soccer field in an afternoon. Aurora's 15-year-old brother, Phillip, is one of them. Also gone are two of his friends and an 11-year-old girl who was just hoping to get a ride home from soccer practice. And then there's an even worse discovery - at the kids' last known destination, a dead body.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Welcome back, Aurora!

  • By Eva on 10-19-16

Welcome back, Aurora Teagarden

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-11-16

Aurora Teagarden books are at the top of my favorites list. I was truly thrilled to see that Charlaine Harris had written another. I've read all the previous books several times. This will be the same, I'm sure. I hope there will be still another of Aurora's adventures. Will we get to meet the baby?
Therese Plummer is a narrator beyond compare. I could listen to her forever. She brings such perfect emotion to the books that she reads. Great job!

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  • First Star I See Tonight

  • A Novel
  • By: Susan Elizabeth Phillips
  • Narrated by: Nicole Poole
  • Length: 9 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,171
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,074
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,073

Piper Dove is a woman with a dream - to become the best detective in the city of Chicago. First job? Trail former Chicago Stars quarterback Cooper Graham. Problem? Graham's spotted her, and he's not happy. Which is why a good detective needs to think on her feet. "The fact is...I'm your stalker. Not full-out barmy. Just...mildly unhinged."

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good story - ok narration

  • By G Richards on 08-24-16

Narrator was a bit disappointing

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-21-16

It was fun to have another Chicago Stars book to read. There were some problems with the narration, not the least of which was the mispronunciation of Phoebe's last name. some of the humor didn't quite reach her voice. (I really miss Anna Fields.)
Piper was a very intriguing character, but Coop lacked the charm of most of the other stars men. Although this is not one of my favorite Stars stories, it was still charming and pleasant hours of listening. I hope Phillips does another Stars book--maybe with more of the humor of Match Me if you can, or This Heart of Mine.

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  • This Heart of Mine

  • By: Susan Elizabeth Phillips
  • Narrated by: Anna Fields
  • Length: 11 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,826
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,131
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,138

Molly Somerville knows she has a reputation for trouble. She did give away her $15-million inheritance, but, hey, nobody's perfect. Yes, Molly's happy about almost everything...except her long-term crush on the daredevil quarterback for the Chicago Stars. That awful, gorgeous Kevin Tucker, a man who can't even remember her name! One night, Molly's penchant for running into trouble runs her right into Kevin himself, turning her world upside down.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 stars

  • By Donna A on 05-09-08

One of my favorite Stars books

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-14-15

This is my fourth listening of this book. I really enjoy the development of Nightingale Woods. And nobody read them like Anna Fields. I miss her voice.

  • Loving Frank

  • By: Nancy Horan
  • Narrated by: Joyce Bean
  • Length: 13 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,414
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 914
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 926

I have been standing on the side of life, watching it float by. I want to swim in the river. I want to feel the current. So writes Mamah Borthwick Cheney in her diary as she struggles to justify her clandestine love affair with Frank Lloyd Wright. Four years earlier, in 1903, Mamah and her husband, Edwin, had commissioned the renowned architect to design a new home for them.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating

  • By Eva Gannon on 12-29-08

Could have been a little less "dry."

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-05-14

Would you try another book from Nancy Horan and/or Joyce Bean?

I don't think I will ever search out another book by Nancy Horan. However, if someone recommended a specific book by the author, I would read it without hesitation. The writing was a little rough--transitions weren't always smooth, vocabulary was a pretty limited. I have not listened to any of Joyce Bean's work before, but I did enjoy her voice and style. It is quite clear and soothing. I found it a pleasant listen.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

I found the way that the children's situation was described--or NOT described--to be distressing. It is as if the author was as insensitive to the children's needs as were the characters. However, the descriptions of Frank Lloyd Wright's work, his habits, and his personality were interesting and revealing--not what I thought I knew about Wright before reading the book.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

While the topic was interesting, it doesn't meet the standard of romance and poignancy that, Bridges of Madison sets, although the topic is quite similar. Still in all, it might make an excellent movie with the right screenwriter.

Any additional comments?

The social implications of this story are quite sobering, knowing that it was real as opposed to fictional. I don't think the situation would gain the notoriety in this day as it did in the early 1900's. It is a common tale today, which might help explain the weak character of such a large portion of our 21st century society.

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  • Curiosity Killed the Cat Sitter

  • Dixie Hemingway Mysteries, Book 1
  • By: Blaize Clement
  • Narrated by: Julia Gibson
  • Length: 9 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 472
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 371
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 370

Dixie Hemingway is a pet sitter for some of Florida's most pampered pets. But when she happens upon a man drowned in a cat's water bowl, Dixie's sleuthing powers from her time as a deputy sheriff return full-force. And as more bodies keep turning up, she'd better find out whodunit.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Incredible

  • By KateontheCoast on 08-10-07

Delightful listen!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-01-13

Where does Curiosity Killed the Cat Sitter rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I've listened to hundreds of audiobooks. I listen to my favorites again and sometimes again. To me it's like listening to music. We don't just listen to songs once and say, "Oh, I've heard that before." I listen to good audiobooks more than once and repeat good videos. On the scale of 1 - 10 of audiobooks I listen to again, I'd rank Curiosity Killed the Catsitter as a 9. The story was creative and both funny and poignant. The narration was excellent. The pet parts really added to the interest.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

I had a little trouble hitting that pause button. Throughout, there was just enough information given that I always had an idea of where it was going next. I was surprised some, but that's great, because anticipation is an enjoyably involving aspect.

What does Julia Gibson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Julia Gibson has one of those voices that make me feel very comfortable. The inflection in her reading is very natural. When she is frightened, she sounds frightened and the speed and intensity of reading speeds up. Her different voices sound like different people, and natural rather than affected. When she reads, I almost feel like she is right there in the room with me telling me the story.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes. In fact I was glad that I was in a position to finish it in one weekend, which I did. I carried my iPhone around with me as I did other things and just kept this going.

Any additional comments?

I am a voracious reader. I love the written/spoken word. Fiction or non-fiction, reading is always my "downtime" activity." I've been in a shift toward audio over the past 10 years. I loved being read to as a child. I now find that listening to a really good narrator read me a story is a very comforting experience--whether the book is a romantic comedy, a mystery, or a thriller. I get lost in the story that I'm listening to. This one was a pleasure indeed. Can't wait to listen to Duplicity Dogged the Dachshund!

  • Just Desserts

  • Savannah Reid, Book 1
  • By: G. A. McKevett
  • Narrated by: Dina Pearlman
  • Length: 7 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 519
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 463
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 462

Finding herself in over her head with a case involving a politician's infidelities, Memphis-born karate expert Detective Sergeant Savannah Reid is told that she must turn in her badge because she is overweight.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Confusing title for a great book

  • By Austin gal on 11-26-12

Suffered from poor narration

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-01-13

Would you try another book from G. A. McKevett and/or Dina Pearlman?

It was almost painful to listen to this recording. I gave up on the audio about 1/3 of the way through. I got the large print version and finished it. I enjoyed the story and will look for more McKevett novels, but I won't buy another book performed by Dina Pearlman.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Just Desserts?

The scenes where Savannah had the confrontation with her supervisor which ended in her dismissal was pretty good--well, bad for Savannah, but well written. At the time that I listened to that I knew it was going to be a turning point in the story.

Could you see Just Desserts being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

I think this has great TV series potential. I love to see Emily Deschanel from Bones or Katee Stackhoff who plays Vic in Longmire play Savannah. I think as a series it has the potential for fast action. In the book, the great descriptions of character and settings make it very interesting and realistic. I really enjoy that aspect in a book. However in video format that would all be visual, and therefore faster moving.

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